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Another way to process several images and save them out as different file formats without having to go through camera raw is by using image processor. Now typically, I will use Image Processor after making all of my necessary adjustments to all of my files. So we'll start in Bridge with the first four images selected here and then I'll choose the Tools menu and then Photoshop and Image Processor. Now Photoshop isn't running. It will automatically be launched and then you will see the Image Processors script appear in Photoshop. So sine I had already selected the images to process in Bridge, image processor knows that and it's showing me that it's got the four images that it's going to process.
I can then tell Image Processor where to save the files. If I want to save them in the same location or if I want to save them to a different folder. In this case we'll just save them to the same location and I'm going to save as a JPEG file as well as a PSD file. So as soon as I select either of these file types, we have different options such as Quality Settings. If I want this to be high quality, I'll go ahead and enter in something maybe like nine or ten. Of course, that's always a trade-off, this means that the file is going to be larger, because I'm not compressing it as much, but it will be of higher quality.
If I was going to post these to the web, I would want to convert the profile to SRGB and I might also want to resize them. Let's say, for example, I was going to post the images no larger than 600 pixels, whether that's 600 wide or 600 high. So, don't be concerned here. Photoshop and Bridge, they're not going to squish your image to fit into a box, we're just defining the longest dimension of either the width or the height. I also want to save these as Photoshop files.
If I want to resize them, I can as well here. Now, for my Photoshop files, I'm going to think in my mind probably those are ones that I'm going to print. So I'd have to do a little bit of math here. Let's say I wanted it to resize the files to four by six at 300 pixels per inch. Well, then I would take the longest dimension which would be six inches, and I would need to multiply that by 300 pixels per inch. So, then I could enter in 1800 by 1800 pixels. And I do want to turn on the maximum compatibility option because that's going to help if I happen to have a layered Photoshop document and was running image processor on it. It would keep it as layers but it would save not only a layered version but also a flattened version within the same document.
And that just helps applications like Lightroom be able to work with my PSD or my Photoshop files. Of course, I can also save this out as a TIFF but I don't need to right now. Instead, I'll just click run, and we'll run the Image Processor script. So in the background, what's happening is Bridge is handing off each one of these four individual files to Photoshop. Photoshop is resizing them as necessary, and if we return to Bridge, either using the file menu and choosing Browse in Bridge or we could use Cmd + Opt + O or Ctrl + Alt + O, we can then see that Bridge has created two separate folders.
And if we double click to look inside that folder, there are my four JPEG files and if we switch over to the PSD files, there are the four Photoshop documents. As you can imagine, it can be very convenient to have the ability to save in multiple file formats at one time, especially when you're working with high volumes of images. Like hundreds or thousands of images at a time and you need to quickly process them.
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